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Book: Cats Are Like That
Author: Martha Weston
Publisher: Scholastic, republished in 2000
ISBN-13: 978-0823414192 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0823414191 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0439270571 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 043927057X (paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Weston, Martha. Cats Are Like That (published in 1999 by Holiday House; republished in 2000 by Scholastic Inc., New York City, NY). We are cat people. Both my wife and I had cats around when we were growing up, and from the time we moved to Dayton, OH, in 1987, we have always had a cat in the house. In fact, we are working on cat number three at the present time. Therefore, when our younger son Jeremy was learning how to read and we were looking in the library for supplemental books to give him extra practice, this Holiday House Reader, Level 2, made a lot of sense.
A girl named Dot brings home three new pet fish which she calls Funny, Baby, and Flash. She tries to amuse them with books and a toy dinosaur but finally introduces them to her cat Fuzzy. When he explores more closely and wants to play with them, the fish are moved to the bureau, then to the bookshelf, and finally, when Fuzzy knocks over the surrounding books during the night, to a newly installed corner shelf. In the end, Dot tells the cat that the fish can’t play with her but he can. The colorful cartoon illustrations that blend soft watercolors with jagged, loose lines add personality and highlight the action in the four easy chapters. Yes, we know that cats are like that!